Home once owned by Queen’s grandparents up for sale

  • Namrata Kohli
  • Updated: Jul 09, 2016 16:15 IST
The opulent living area with a grand piano in the background.The makeover of the property includes renewed plaster work, gilding and wall coverings.

All that brouhaha over Brexit notwithstanding, citizens of UK are taking time out to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday and her life this year. One particular property associated with her youth, the home of her grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, is on the market.

A private estate, Woolmer’ Park is a sprawling Georgian country home with equestrian and polo, shooting and fishing facilities, located by the River Lea. It has a ring fenced mature parkland including mixed woodland and is located approximately 35 km away from London.

Queen Elizabeth spent part of her early childhood years visiting the estate. It belonged to the Queen Mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, who acquired it in 1927. They spent a large part of their time over there up to World War-II, only moving to the family seat in Scotland, Glamis Castle, between July and September. Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret visited and stayed with their grandparents regularly at Woolmers Park.

This property is now listed with Savills, a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. It’s an A Grade II listed Georgian country house that has been comprehensively renovated and extended with five reception rooms, large kitchen, family room, games room and cinema room. There are eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms (five en suite), and a two bedroom integral staff flat. Unusual but true, for an estate of this size, there are no public rights of way.

Gallery leading to the main entrance.

The royal connection has added colour and interest to a property and according to a spokesperson from Savills, is of interest to “buyers of older country houses, who, often seeing themselves as the custodians of a historical home are hugely interested in its heritage. The fact that Woolmers Park once belonged to the parents of The Queen Mother amongst other eminent figures will no doubt strike a chord with some.”

A grand staircase leading from the lobby to the rooms upstairs.

Dating back to the 18th Century (rebuilt in 1796) – the house has been extended and remodelled by the current owner – following what the Savills spokesperson calls – ‘a comprehensive and hugely sympathetic renovation.’

The makeover of the property includes renewed plaster work, gilding and wall coverings. A substantial new north eastern wing has a large open plan living area with kitchen/breakfast room, morning room and family room. A leisure complex has an indoor swimming pool, shower, changing room and WC.

The garden surrounding the outdoor swimming pool has been designed by Luciano Giubbilei, winner of the Best Show Garden Award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

Overall it combines grandly proportioned principal reception and bedrooms, charming features from the Georgian era, with the finest contemporary services and facilities.

The extensive grounds.

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